The purpose of this research is to assist healthcare professionals in the United States in both clinical and non-clinical areas become more informed, identify barriers, and develop an action plan regarding opioid and alcohol addiction crisis. The opioid crisis was declared an epidemic that places the county in a state of national emergency by President of the United States Donald J. Trump in 2018. Alcohol consumption has been steady in America since 1850, except for during the times of prohibition from 1919-1933.

Both the opioid crisis epidemic, and alcoholism continuously manage to aggressively take devasting numbers of lives over due to problematic uses is one that will continue to cause negative impact to the county in terms of public safety, the reliability of healthcare, and revenue losses if prompt and standardized actions are not taken in unison by government, healthcare providers, and patients.

Although the opioid crisis’s and alcoholism’s current impact in the United States may seem as though it is reversible and manageable by the hope of current funding and improved access, the purpose of this research is to provide education on opioids and alcohol, then identify the barriers that healthcare providers face while attempting to offer the best care to patients, and finally, to assist healthcare providers with developing a standardized action plan to fight the crisis of these diseases as a country.

Year Manuscript Completed

Fall 2022

Senior Project Advisor

George M. Barton

Degree Awarded

Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree

Field of Study

Health Care Administration

Document Type